Students of Barishal University (BU) protested the vice-chancellor's (VC) remark, calling them “razakarer bachcha”, and boycotted classes to press home their five-point demand.
The demands included immediately holding BU student union election, issuing student identity cards, allowing students to take exams without fine in case of boycotting, increasing the number of buses, constructing footbridge on highway and withdrawal of remarks with apology from VC.
Seeking anonymity, students claimed that the VC arranged Independence Day programme on campus without inviting students, and after they protested this action, he called them razakarer bachcha on Tuesday.
Professor Dr Imamul Huq, vice- chancellor of BU, denied the allegation. He said the students became agitated after the university hosted a lunch programme only for distinguished guests.
However, there was better food available at BU hostel and canteen, and other programmes were arranged by BU authorities with students' participation.
"Student union election was not included in the BU act, so we need an amendment for it," the VC explained.
Denying the allegation of calling all students "razakarer bachcha", the VC said, “How can I say that while sons and daughters of freedom fighters study in BU. I only said that if anyone tries to foil any programme on Independence Day, he or she would be razakarer bachcha.”
"A vested quarter is trying to create instability on BU campus to stop the renewal of my tenure as VC," he suspected.